Cutting can be difficult to discuss, and not just because of the shame and stigma surrounding mental-health issues. Self-harm is violent, visceral, and a hard image to process. It’s something that makes people uncomfortable, even disturbed.
The entertainment industry is one of the most high-impact systems in modern society. Accordingly, the accurate, enlightened, and sensitive portrayal of mental health issues in entertainment is highly important in education and the battle against stigma. Stories featuring characters who are living with a mental illness can help people recognize that there is hope for recovery and that they are not alone in their struggles. Likewise, entertainment figures should be expected to treat these issues with care and respect, and many of these figures have come out as fierce advocates of mental health causes.
What started as an investigation into a possible murder ended up turning into an investigation into the life of John Brooks McLemore — an eccentric antique clock restorer from Woodstock, Alabama.
Theater is all about community, so to have dialogue and represent characters with mental issues that other members in our community can relate to helps to lower the stigma and encourage people who do suffer from mental illness to get help.
In a recent interview, Beggs opened up about his past. He said he continued to struggle with gender dysphoria from seventh to ninth grade and it took a toll mentally.
It’s the sad clown paradox: The men and women who make people laugh for a living often struggle with mental health challenges offstage that are hardly a laughing matter.
A character on the hit NBC show suffered from a panic attack this week—and the portrayal was spot-on. Anxiety is a mental health disorder, but the symptoms of a panic attack are very real.
The show writers live in 2016, and thus, reflecting some kind of outdated 1970/80’s mental institute characters that fall within tropes is just not cool.
So long as pop culture keeps turning the mentally ill into otherworldly creatures and mythical figures, the everyday, complicated, human stories of people living with mental illness will never be told.
SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is producing a webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, to help change the way we talk about and portray substance use in news and entertainment. Read more…
West has never presented himself as a potential threat to anyone, despite how frightening he may sometimes sound. But the issue of mental illness is always still grave. We have seen it countless times in the past with musicians.
Since he left One Direction, Zayn has been public with his battle with anxiety. But the singer also says he was struggling with even more behind-the-scenes, a possible eating disorder.
When the rapper Kid Cudi announced he’d checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts earlier this month, it sparked a social-media conversation about stigmas. Now, a new track from Drake makes clear how powerful the stigma Cudi defied remains.
Every year at this time, right next to the chainsaw-wielding masked men and flesh-eating zombies, are the mental hospital patients. The message isn’t subtle: People with mental illness are to be feared.
Acceptance starts with an open conversation.
Brian Wilson discusses his new memoir, ‘I Am Brian Wilson,’ as well as mental illness, drugs, his relationship with Mike Love and more.
Talking about mental health in comedy, and the comedy of mental health, isn’t exactly a rarity. Too often though, what we need to talk about is the failure of mainstream media to portray mental illness without exaggerating, offending, belittling, or just generally bungling the whole thing. Many folks in comedy are working to break down Read more
With national championships at multiple universities, Urban Meyer is already one of college football’s most successful coaches ever. At one point in life, he was also one of the most miserable.
The Baltimore Police Department announced a new partnership Wednesday to help bring awareness to mental illness.
When “mental illness” enters the cultural conversation, it’s usually as a synonym for depression or anxiety. The less palatable, more frightening facets of mental illness, like psychosis? They’re still ignored, often leading to those experiencing psychosis to remain silent.
Lovato, who took her mental-health advocacy to the Democratic National Convention’s stage Tuesday, has also taken it on tour with her.
Even in that world, the psychological profile of Harley Quinn stands out. Best known as the former girlfriend of the Joker, Harley suffers from multiple personalities, homicidal tendencies, Stockholm syndrome and possibly “shared psychotic disorder.”
I sat in a hotel room with my best friend, after a long day interviewing for graduate school, when she showed me a hilarious sketch from Saturday Night Live called “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”. My friend insisted that I would absolutely LOVE this sketch because of how strongly I could relate to it. We Read more